Guided by the principle she refers to as “The Democratization of Luxury”,
Mimi Plange creates clothes that are very much inspired by the modern American
luxury sportswear tradition, with an infusion of dark romance and aimed at the
new, international and democratically-minded consumer.
Africa remains a limitless font of inspiration for the Ghanaian-born designer, who
constantly seeks out the unusual and the lyrical found in African traditions,
landscapes and lore, and reinterprets these themes in a refreshingly modern way.
“It’s about establishing a new point of view in luxury by capturing the creativity of ancient African civilizations,” says Plange.
Mimi Plange launched her own ready-to-wear label in 2010, after a decade
working in the New York fashion industry. She is a graduate of the San Francisco
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and holds a degree in Architecture
from the University of California at Berkeley. She has received acclaim for her
work in the fashion industry, winning such accolades as International Emerging
Designer of the Year in 2011 at the Mercedes-Benz Africa Fashion Week held in
South Africa. The year after, she was named Designer of the Year.
She also won Mayor Bloomberg’s Design Entrepreneurs Award in
New York in 2012.
Last year, she took part in the Celebration of Design Event
hosted by Michelle Obama at the White House. Mimi Plange’s designs have
been worn by the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama, Vanessa Hudgens,
Serena Williams, Rihanna, Paris Hilton, Michelle Trachtenberg and Janelle
Monae, and many amazing women across the globe. Her work has been featured in
The New York Times, T Magazine, Vogue.com, Ebony Magazine, Vogue UK, Vogue
India, WWD, Harpers Bazar, Marie Claire, Essence, Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan,
and Nylon Magazine.